Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the just passed school budget, what he sees as the positives and negatives and his being named as the top school superintendent in Louisiana.

Goree tells KEEL listeners that "the budget process was incredible smooth for our school district this year. We did have an opportunity to approve a budget that protected the amazing equitable opportunities in our district, such as incentive pay for some of our most challenging schools and we were able to protect all of our Tier 1 Curriculums"

Goree also addressed the recent budget controversy regarding the funding of school crossing guards. From

"The 2019-2020 budget, voted on Tuesday night, allocates $12,500 dollars for crossing guards. The same dollar figure in last year’s budget.'

"Dr. Lamar Goree says, 'Like many governmental bodies, found our self in a situation where we were strapped for funds. Find ourselves in a very deep deficit situation, so in that respect, we were not looking to increase very much of anything. In fact to keep things where they were was challenging, but we’re very excited that our board did choose to continue to honor that obligation made a few years ago to fund 12,500 toward our crossing guards.'”

Goree says he plans to meet with Mayor Adrian Perkins after the 4th of July holiday to find a solution to the funding problem. Shreveport recently cut about $75,000 from the city budget for guard funding.

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